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John Slavens War of 1812 Bounty Land Warrant

The following information was extracted from the bounty land claim for Elizabeth Slavens, the widow of John Slavens, who served in the War of 1812 from Tennessee.

State of Illinois, Saline County

On this 22nd day of November (1850) appeared before me, a justice of the peace within and for the state and county aforesaid Elizabeth Slavins, aged 53 years, a resident of Saline County in the state of Illinois, who being duly sworn according to the law, declares that she is the widow of John Slavins, deceased, who was a private in the company commanded by Captain Tubbs, the regiment not (?), Tennessee Militia, commanded by Colonel Pipkins in the war with Great Britain declared by the United States on the 18th day June 1812, and that her said husband was drafted at Carthridge (sic, Carthage) in the state of Tennessee, on or about the 30th day of September or the first day of October, 1814, for the term of six months, and continued in actual service in said war for the term of six months and honorably discharged at Fayetteville in the state of Tennessee on or about the 20th day of February 1815, as will appear in the muster rolls in the said company, his original discharge having been lost or mislaid. She further states that she was married to the said John Slavins in Smith County, Tennessee, on the 10th day of May, 1814, by one John (note: "John" is stricken out) Moore, a justice of the peace acting in and for the county of Smith and state of Tennessee, and that her name before said marriage was Elizabeth Ingram, and that there is no public or private record within her (?). That her said husband died in Skyler (sic, Schuyler) County, Illinois, on the 6th day February A.D. 1836, and that she is still a widow. She makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the bounty land to which she may be entitled under the act passed September 28th, 1830.

(Signed by Elizabeth Slavins by her mark, and by William Burkhart, justice of the peace.)


State of Illinois, County of Saline

On this 12th day of December (1851) personally appeared before me, the undersigned clerk of the circuit court within and for the county and state aforesaid, David Ingram and Mary Ingram, who being sworn according to law, declare that Elizabeth Slavins in the widow of John Slavins, deceased, who was a private in the company commanded by Captain Tubbs, Tennessee Militia, commanded by Colonel Pipkins, in the War of 1812. That she was married to the said John Slavins, deceased, at Carthridge (sic, Carthage), in the state of Tennessee, on or about the 10th day of May, A.D. 1814, by one Moore, a justice of the peace. That the name of said Elizabeth Slavens before her marriage aforesaid was Elizabeth Ingram. That her husband, the said John Slavins, died in Sciler (sic, Schuyler) County, Illinois, on or about the 6th day February A.D. 1836, and that she is still a widow. That they have known the said John Slavens up to the time of his death and also Elizabeth Slavins, his wife, and that they always lived together as man and wife and has been reported as such, and that they swear that they swear that they are both disinterested witnesses.

(Signed by David and Mary Ingram, sworn by J.M. Gastin. clerk)


State of Illinois, Saline County

On this 24th day of July (1855) personally appeared before me the Clerk of the County Court within and for the County and State aforesaid viz Elizabeth Slavens, aged 60 years, a resident of Saline County in the state of Illinois, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of John Slavens, deceased, who was a private in the company commanded by Captain Tubbs in (blank) regiment of Tennessee Militia commanded by Col. Pipkins in the war with Great Britain declared by the United States on the 18th day June 1812, that her said husband was drafted at Smith County, state of Tennessee, on or about some time in the fall of 1814 for the term of six months, and continued in actual service in said war for the term of about six months, and was honorably discharged at Fayetteville, Tennessee, some time in the spring of 1815. She further states that she was married to the said John Slavens in Smith County, state of Tennessee, about the 10th day of May, 1814, by one Moore, a justice of the Peace, and that her name before her said marriage was Elizabeth Ingram. That her said husband died at Schuyler County, state of Illinois, on the 6th day of February, A.D. 1836, and that she is now a widow. She further declares that she has heretofore made application for bounty land under the act approved September 28, 1850, and obtained a land warrant for 80 acres, no. 38,980, which she has legally disposed of and cannot now be returned. She makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the bounty land to which she may be entitled under the act approved March 3, 1855. (Signed by Elizabeth Slavins by her mark, and by William Burkhart, justice of the peace.)
(On same document)
We, Job Ingram and Timothy Ingram, residents of Saline County in the state of Illinois, upon our oaths, declare that the foregoing declaration was signed and acknowledged by Mrs. Elizabeth Slavens in our presence, and that we believe from the appearance and statements of the applicant that she is the identical person she represents herself to be.

(Signed by Job Ingram and Timothy Ingram by their marks, and by William Burkhart, justice of the peace.)


State of Illinois, Saline County

On this 19th day of May (1856) personally appeared the undersigned A.C. Slavins, a resident citizen of said county, and after being by me duly sworn for that purpose on his oath, said that he was well acquainted with the within named John Slavins in his lifetime and know him to have been the husband of the within named Elizabeth Slavins, and that the said John Slavins died at the county of Scuyler (sic, Schuyler) in the state of Illinois, in the presence of this affiant on the 6th day of February, A.D. 1836, and that he has been acquainted with Elizabeth Slavins ever since and that she is still a widow and that he is disinterested in her claim to bounty land warrant.

(Signed by A.C. Slavins by his mark, and by William Burkhart, justice of the peace.)

(on same document)
On this 19th day of May (1856) personally appeared before me Joab(sic) Ingram and G.W. Ingram, resident citizens of said county, and after being by me duly sworn on their oath, say that they are well acquainted with the within named Elizabeth Slavins, in the (?) time of her said husband John Slavins, and that they have no doubt of his decease and that said Elizabeth Slavins is still a widow, and that they are disinterested witnesses.

(Signed by Joab(sic) Ingram and G.W. Ingram, and by William Burkhart, justice of the peace.)

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